# Make an Expression

## A challenge to use the available digits to form an expression with a value equal to the given total

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This is level 1: use all of the digits 1 to 4 to form expressions with totals 1 - 12. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.

 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 1 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 2 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 3 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 4 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 5 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 6 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 7 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 8 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 9 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 10 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 11 Using the digits 1,2,3 and 4 make an expression for: 12
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## Instructions

Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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## Description of Levels

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Level 1 - Use all of the digits 1 to 4 to form expressions with totals 1 - 12.

Level 2 - Use all of the digits 1 to 4 to form expressions with totals 13 - 24.

Level 3 - Use all of the digits 1 to 4 to form expressions with totals 25 - 36.

Level 4 - Use all of the digits 1 to 4 to form expressions with totals 37 - 48.

Level 5 - Mixed Questions

CentExpression - Find an expression for 100 using the digits 1 to 9

One Digit Only - Find expressions for target numbers using repeated digits.

More on this topic including lesson Starters, visual aids and investigations.

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## Help

The idea is to make correct mathematical expressions using all of the given digits to equal the target numbers. Click the blue buttons in the order you wish to see their values in the expressions. Press the C button to clear the expression and start again.

Here is an example of a correct expression for the target 10.

This Numberphile video of the four 4s problem might give you some ideas!

Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly. You can double-click the 'Check' button to make it float at the bottom of your screen.

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